The mudslide tragedy in Washington is unbearably sad, and at least 176 of victims are still missing underneath the disastrous debris. Hope is dwindling among rescuers who are working day and night hoping to find survivors. The growing list of potential victims includes many small children and babies who have been missing for over three days now.
Among the missing 176 mudslide victims are many family’s children and babies. Hopefully, rescuers will continue pulling survivors out from under the debris.
Washington Mudslide: Many Children Missing
On March 22, Jacob Spillers, 4, ran out of his home and managed to escape the Washington landslide unscathed. Unfortunately, his three siblings were not as lucky and are still missing underneath the debris.
At the time, Jacob’s mother Jonielle Spillers was at work. After news broke of the tragic landslide in her neighborhood, Jonielle rushed home only to find that the area was completely blocked off by authorities for safety reasons. As survivors were being pulled out from underneath the landslide’s wreckage, Jonielle desperately called local hospitals in hopes of finding her four children and her husband. Jonielle located her son, Jacob, at one hospital but has yet to find her other three children — Brooke, 2, Kaylee, 5, & Jovon, 13 — or her husband, Billy Spillers.
Another child missing is 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis, who was living with her grandparents, Christina and Seth Jefferds. Seth, a volunteer firefighter, was also at work at the time of the landslide. Now, his wife Christina and his granddaughter Sanoah are still missing.
These are just some of the heartbreaking stories surrounding the 176 missing people from the Snohomish County landslide in Washington.
Hope Dwindling Among Rescuers
On Tuesday, March 25, the list of landslide victims remained at a total of 14.
Firefighters, policemen, and rescue dogs have been working day and night to dig survivors and victims out from underneath the landslide’s debris, but their hope is dwindling. There number of people who remain unaccounted for rose from 108 to 176 on Monday, March 24.
“I’m very disappointed to tell you that we didn’t find any sign of any survivors, and we found no survivors today,” Snohomish County Fire Chief Travis Hots sadly shared during a press conference late Monday evening.
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— Lauren Cox